- May not reconcile with Atiku, others
BY HENRY UMORU
ABUJA—NATIONAL leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP said yesterday wished the former Vice President, Atiku Ababakar and other party men and women who had left the party to the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC, well saying that it had the capacity to withstand the shock of the vacuum created in the party.
Consequently, strong indications have emerged that PDP may not embark on reconciliation missions to unite with Atiku and others who dumped the PDP for the APC.
In a statement signed yesterday by PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, PDP also noted that it was not prepared to join Atiku and the APC in what it termed, politics of mudslinging. “While we concede to the inalienable rights of individuals to associate with any political party of their choice, we advice that they should proffer solutions and alternatives rather than engage in constant condemnation.
“The PDP wishes the former Vice President and others well in their chosen enclave but we pray, that someday, they will find it in their hearts space to accord the PDP due recognition for its contributions not only to the development of the country, but also to their individual political progress.
“While the PDP recognizes the inalienable right of citizens to hold opinions and identify with political platforms of their choice, we indeed find it very difficult to understand this type of bitterness towards the party even from persons such as Atiku who hugely benefited from the PDP.
“However, as the sole custodian of the sacred mandate of over 160 million Nigerians, the PDP will continue to maintain the high moral ground of decency and shall not in any way cheapen this sacred mandate by joining in political mudslinging.
“The people are solidly behind President Goodluck Jonathan and his developmental policies and for emphasis, we wish to draw the attention of Atiku and the APC warlords to the achievements of the PDP-led administration.
“It is common knowledge that the private sector has been immensely successful in the last two years under the PDP-led administration owing to the continued implementation of our manifesto and policies including the continuation of the PDP ideology of transfer of wealth from public institutions to the private sector.
“This is the hallmark of the PDP-led Federal Government wherein hardworking private individuals are now thriving in. manufacturing, trade, commerce and other critical sectors of the economy with business names such as the Dangotes, the Innosons, the AITs, the Channels as well as several others in the banking, telecoms, food processing, hospitality, transport, construction, oil and gas, estate businesses recording huge successes.